Louisville Magazine

JUL 2019

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68 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.19 THE POWER OF WEST OF NINTH Jackie Floyd, a liaison with the Center for Neighborhoods and a self-described proud Russell resident, "really represents the soul of Russell. She is the definition of 'citizen leader,' with an unflagging commitment to her neighborhood and her neighbors. She has this soft-spoken way of bringing others along, inspiring us all to see what Russell is, what it can be and what it will be as we work together on its revitalization." — Mayor Greg Fischer "Best neighborhood pride: West of Ninth bloggers Walt and Shae Smith." — Rachel Platt, director of community engagement at the Frazier History Museum We asked Shae Smith — who, with her husband Walt, has posted photos and interviews about life west of Ninth Street since 2017 — to reflect on what the project has meant for her and the community. "KeiRon, a kid in his early teens, his mother has cancer, and he's living with her and his three siblings. He felt the pressure to take to the streets to take care of his family. At 13, he was shot in the chest. Underneath, he wanted to be a football player at Ballard. When we put his story up, he got so much support — it was crazy! He's got a football coach now and all these resources. We still keep in touch with him. Brianna, her mother was murdered. She talked about wanting a mother figure. I'll see her and ask, 'How's school going? Do you need anything?' If we can't help them, we try to link them to the right resources. We never just want to leave it at the interview. We want to see you all the time and see that you make it."

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